Community Outreach Projects

Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups within our local community

Since 2016 we have undertaken several projects with the aim of reaching out to vulnerable or disadvantaged members of the community who would not ordinarily be able to take advantage of the workshops and courses we offer at The Isbourne.

We currently run three outreach programmes:

  • Empowering Change programme for female offenders at HMP Eastwood Park in South Gloucestershire

Weekly sessions held at the prison incorporating a variety of holistic wellbeing topics to empower the women to build resilience, develop coping skills for anxiety, depression and self-harm, learn how to connect with themselves, improve self-esteem, and ultimately inspire them to create positive change in their lives and reduce the reoffending cycle.

  • Community Wellbeing Courses for vulnerable/disadvantaged people in Cheltenham

Five-week group courses held at The Isbourne (or other venues if required).  We have a diverse portfolio of sessions which are delivered by our expert affiliated tutors, from which we compile courses to suit the needs of each client group that we work with.  Courses are primarily for people living with anxiety, depression, social isolation, bereavement, trauma and any other life circumstances that affect their wellbeing and ability to make healthy, positive life choices.  Courses include topics such as mindfulness & meditation, EFT (tapping), positive mindset, nutrition, laughter yoga, tai chi, yoga, stress-less techniques, therapeutic art, music, creative expression, and holistic dance.

  • Tai chi based therapeutic movement classes for people in Cheltenham living with dementia and their carers

An 8-week course run regularly at The Isbourne (from 2020) to support those living with dementia to stay well and live independently for as long as possible.  The carer or loved one of the person with dementia is also encouraged to attend.  The course aims to benefit participants with their mental, physical and emotional health.  The programme also includes monthly drop-in classes for people who have completed the course, and a home practice DVD.

For more information about any of our Community Outreach projects please contact Bonnie Lloyd on bonnie@isbourne.org